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Falcons vs. Cardinals recap: Atlanta wins 23-19 despite five Ryan interceptions

Among the laundry list of Falcons wins across the 2012 season, Atlanta's ninth win of the season over Arizona on Sunday might rank as the ugliest.

If we've learned anything from Matt Ryan, it's that he can propel his team to victory despite having a far from stellar day - 300 yards but zero touchdowns and a whopping career-high five interceptions - passing the ball.

Indeed, it was Ryan and the offense's six turnovers, not the defense, that made this game so close. Any time you can make that many mistakes and still hold the other team to 19 points and win the game, it is a testament to strong defense.

Either that, or it is a testament to how impotent Arizona's offense was in the Georgia Dome. Two Cardinals quarterbacks - John Skelton and first-time starter Ryan Lindley - combined for 11 completions and 70 yards passing.

Yes, that was through sixty minutes of football. Yes, that was with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd in the game at wide receiver. Yes, that was with LaRod Stephens-Howling picking up chunks of yards from time to time, and with favorable field position.

The Cardinals offense, though I respect them, was outmatched in every sense of the world.

Ryan, along with some admittedly poor blocking that led to far-from-clean pockets and tight passing windows, had a day I wish I could forget. Michael Turner and each of the 46 yards he produced on 15 carries were not much better.

The Falcons are 9-1, and impressive accomplishment. But at some point, a point we'll surely see soon enough, this team either fixes the flaws that show up from week to week, or Atlanta fans will be at risk of more January disappointment.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.